Thursday, August 30, 2012

Easy Visual Studio Column Guides with Editor Guidelines extension

Visual Studio Gallery - Editor Guidelines (VS2012)

Adds vertical column guides to the Visual Studio text editor. This version is for Visual Studio 2012

Note: This version is for Visual Studio 2012. For Visual Studio 2010, please go here. This version includes both the editor extension and the UI package in a single download.

"Editor Guidelines" is an editor extension for Visual Studio 2012 which adds vertical guidelines behind the text at user-specified column positions. This is useful if you are trying to tabulate columns of data or if you want to ensure that your lines don't go beyond a certain length.

Add a new guideline via the context (right-click) menu on the editor surface. You will see a "Guidelines" flyout with three commands:

  • Add Guideline
  • Remove Guideline
  • Guideline Color

When "Add Guideline" is selected, a vertical dashed line will be drawn at the same position as the caret (insertion point).


If you're running VS2012 and would like to get column guides, this extension is a quick and easy way... Just installed it on VS2012 RTM and seems to work fine.

(via Random, Happy Dev Thoughts - Visual Studio Plugin for Editor Guidelines: Recommended!)

1 comment:

lordhog said...

I just don't understand the Visual Studio development team. Each version requires a hack/addon in order to enable column markers. Yet, they will butcher the UI for the new version. I really don't understand.